Kenedna (middle) burst through late to win (Image: Racing Photos)
Kenedna ended a 539-day drought when she launched late to win Saturday's Group 2 7News Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.
Darren Weir's mare won the Doomben Roses in 2017 and had demonstrated well-above-average ability during her three-year-old season. But the daughter of Not A Single Doubt failed badly when finishing last in a Group 3 event in September 2017.
Four runs in this campaign have seen the now five-year-old mare reach her peak and it gave Weir great pleasure to see her return to her true form.
"Obviously she didn't come up last preparation and then the plan was to get her in foal," Weir said.
"She spelled up at my farm and I didn't say for them to put her back in work but I said 'You probably should just have a think about sending her to stud or not'.
"For some reason she has developed so much. She's become so big and strong and maybe another preparation mightn't be good. But Johnno went around and saw all the crew, and the next day came back and said to put her back into work. This is the result. It's a dream result."
For jockey Jon Allen it marked a feature double.
"My parents get up, if there's good racing on they get up in the middle of the night and follow me," he said.
"A lot of friends back home follow the racing so there's a lot of support. I'm sure they get as big a kick as I do riding these winners."
Kenedna ($10) defeated Miss Siska ($6f) by half a length, with a neck away to Luvaluva ($31) in third.